Archive for June, 2012

Le Tour d’ Alley starts next week

June 29, 2012  |  Alley, Event, PI  |  No Comments

Daily Tour de France Viewings in NORD ALLEY
11:30am to 1:30pm

2011 World Cup viewing in Nord Alley

Weekdays beginning July 2nd in Pioneer Square’s Nord Alley (next to Occidental Park)
Hosted by ISI Seattle, Bicycle Alliance of Washington & Back Alley Bike Repair


Enter through NORD ALLEY
behind 314 – 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
(between Jackson & Main AND Occidental Ave & 1st Ave South)

Nord Alley Map

More info? Contact Nikki Somers –

Pioneer Square in the News

June 26, 2012  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Hey, arena! Save our trolleys (Seattle Times)
It was bad enough when we lost the Sonics to Oklahoma City. No need to lose our retired waterfront trolleys to St. Louis; connect them to the arena plan.

Seattle trolleys missing from the waterfront (Seattle Times)
I just read Danny Westneat’s column about options for the iconic Seattle trolleys [“Hey, arena! Save our trolleys” NWWednesday, June 20].

I think he is absolutely right; they were a favorite part of the Seattle waterfront scene before banned from their popular tracks because their maintenance barn had to be replaced by a hill!

Sonics arena not a slam dunk; Port sees problems (Highline Times)
Fans who attended the joyous Seattle SuperSonics rally in Pioneer Square June 15 to cheer for the return of their favorite team to the proposed sports arena in SoDo may have thought the deal was a slam-dunk, a win-win for the city. However, opposing forces may take this sports complex plan into overtime. Their complaint? Location, location, location. They fear an overlap of Port traffic and foot traffic will drive Port business away.

How long should fans stew over lost teams? (ESPN)
Adam Brown isn’t willing to forgive or forget. He’s guarding his grudges with the same intensity Gary Payton used to lock down opposing scorers. Brown, one of the producers of the “Sonicsgate” documentary, which examines the team’s departure and those responsible for it, couldn’t hang on to his beloved SuperSonics. But he’s not letting go of his hatred for the people who ripped them away from Seattle.

Busy summer starts next week for SR 99 tunnel crews (WSDOT)
Heading south on State Route 99 through downtown Seattle will be trickier than usual starting next week, as SR 99 tunnel crews dig into a busy week of short- and long-term closures.

Another busy weekend in Seattle/Pioneer Square – plan ahead!

June 21, 2012  |  Event, PI, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments

It’ll be a rocking weekend with numerous Pride celebrations and marches taking place in downtown Seattle, at the Seattle Center and on Capitol Hill,  not to mention the huge Rock N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon that wind across the city and even across Lake Washington and back on I-90.

The Seattle Department of Transportation urges motorists to plan ahead for traffic delays, or better yet, consider parking the car and taking one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or walk, if feasible.

Thursday, June 21
Rock N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon Expo:
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.   10,000 attending
CenturyLink Field Event Center
Expect congestion in the surrounding area.

Friday, June 22
Rock N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon Expo:
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  18,000 attending
CenturyLink Field Event Center;
Expect congestion in the surrounding area

Saturday, June 23

Rock N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon: 7 a.m.   30,000 + participants expected
Starts and ends at the Seattle Center
Streets closed overnight and in the morning in preparation for the marathon (from June 22 at 11:59 p.m. – 11 a.m.): Broad Street from Denny Way to Fifth Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N from Broad to Mercer streets.

Marathon route winds through Seattle on many major roadways, including SR 99, Second Avenue, S Dearborn Street, Rainier Avenue S and Lake Washington Boulevard S. Please see the marathon website for all the route details.

Motorists should plan on delays along the race route throughout the morning and into the afternoon and around the Seattle Center.

Approximately 40 Metro Transit bus routes will be significantly disrupted by the marathon. For more specifics about the bus reroutes, please visit Metro’s Events & Construction webpage. You can also call the Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000.

Sunday, June 2
Seattle Pride Parade and March:
11 a.m.    250,000 attending
Parade will stage on Fourth Avenue between Columbia and Union streets starting at 6 a.m.
Parade route: North on Fourth from Union Street to Denny Way; west on Denny to Second Avenue N; north on Second into the Seattle Center. Expect heavy congestion throughout downtown and in the area surrounding the Seattle Center.

Fill out a Metro survey to stop 550 buses from being routed through Pioneer Square

June 19, 2012  |  Call to Action, PI, Viaduct  |  No Comments

Pioneer Square neighborhood representatives have been in discussion with Metro for the last couple of years regarding post-viaduct bus routes.

The Alliance for Pioneer Square has consistently resisted Metro’s efforts to put 550 buses a day on Washington and Main streets post viaduct. These are rapid ride buses that currently use the viaduct and Seneca & Columbia to access the downtown core, bypassing Pioneer Square. There have been numerous neighborhood meetings as well as smaller meetings with Metro and the city.

In their final analysis Metro is looking at two different routes for the 550 buses per day:

a)      Washington and Main as a couplet through the middle of Occidental Park and Pioneer Square with each street being one way,  or

b)      Columbia Street becoming a two way street to handle the buses off and on the new Alaskan Way

Under either of these scenarios Pioneer Square will have better access to these bus routes.

Metro staff and our elected officials need to hear from us…please take the following survey regarding the routing of buses AND PLEASE SHARE THE SURVEY WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS AND CO-WORKERS. If you would like more information please contact the Alliance for Pioneer Square (

This survey will only be open for a few more days, so please fill this out as soon as possible!

Pioneer Square in the News

June 18, 2012  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Image by Secret South

Bring back our Sonics’ rally in Seattle’s Pioneer Square (KVAL)
Thousands came down to Occidental Park in Pioneer Square to bring attention to the new arena deal and the idea of bringing the SuperSonics back to the Seattle.

Schram: Pay attention to that park full of basketball fans (KOMONews)
…some 3,500 basketball fans crammed Occidental Park and cheered a hedge-fund manager as if he’d just shot a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

my instagram: @pioneersquare

Calozzi’s: A bit of Philly in Pioneer Square (Seattle Times)
Calozzi’s features Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Owner Al Calozzi started the business as a food cart in Belltown before moving to Belltown Billiards and eventually to its present home in Pioneer Square

SEATTLE MAG: Grand Central Bakery Looks Back to 1972 (King5)
On Thursday, June 14, beloved Grand Central Bakery is offering 25 cent cinnamon rolls as part of its 40th anniversary celebration. 25 cents is the original price from 1972, when the bakery first opened.

Seattle’s classic waterfront streetcars stuck at dead end (Seattle Times)
For the past seven years, a little bit of Seattle’s soul has been collecting dust in a warehouse near Safeco Field. The George Benson Waterfront Streetcars — five classic, 1920s streetcars that ran from 1982 to 2005 — are in limbo, says Metro.

A boon for Downtown’s urban parents (Crosscut)
Still in its early phases, the effort to site a new Downtown school has already been met with strong support from parents. “It’s not always easy, but we love raising our five-year-old son downtown,” says Paul Hughes, who lives in Pioneer Square. “We do give up having a yard, but we gain so much in exchange — not just the obvious stuff like being close to the downtown library and the aquarium and Seattle Center, but just the daily reality of walking around, riding the bus and the train, and eating and shopping in a bustling, diverse, unpredictable environment.” Hughes’ view is shared by a host of other Downtown parents as well.

Reminder: Sonics Rally in Occidental today at 4pm

June 14, 2012  |  Call to Action, Event, PI  |  No Comments

Don’t forget about the rally happening this afternoon (from 4pm – 6pm) in Occidental Square Park — the Facebook page indicates that we should expect over 3,000 people to attend.  As you can see from this photo, set up has already begun!



PSq Residents Council meeting this Monday

June 13, 2012  |  Event, News, Residential Council  |  No Comments

When: Monday evening, June 18th
Where: Delicatus – 103 First Ave So.
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Who: All Pioneer Square residents are encouraged to attend


Items to discuss:

-New Bus routes coming to the Square
(Metro representative)

-Puget Sound Energy Gas line relocations in the Square
(Jan Drago guest speaker)

Check out our Facebook page for more frequent updates and to connect with other residents.

Bring Back the Sonics Rally this Thursday

June 11, 2012  |  Announcement, Call to Action, Event, PI  |  No Comments

Chris Hansen, major investor for a new stadium proposed in SODO, is hosting a rally this Thursday to “Bring Back the Sonics.”

When:  Thursday, June 14th from 4pm – 6pm
Where: Occidental Square Park
Who: Anyone who wants to “bring back the sonics” and show their support for the new arena in Seattle

From the website:

We’ll have Kevin Calabro, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, Slick Watts, the Blue Scholars, food trucks and more. This is the first real opportunity for all of us to show the City and County how much this means to us… to get our Sonics back… to have an NHL team in the Emerald City. Let’s make it happen, ya’ll.

Click here to RSVP for the event on Facebook (which already has almost 2,000 RSVPs).  You can also get updates on their twitter page here:  @SonicsArena

Pioneer Square in the News

June 11, 2012  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

2 high-rises to take over parking lot near CenturyLink Field (King5)
Two of the SODO neighborhood’s largest developers plan to build two new high-rise towers in the second phase of Stadium Place, the urban development project just north of CenturyLink Field, and hope to begin construction by summer of 2013.

Developers unveil last piece of project near stadium (Seattle PI)
Development of the county-owned North Lot has been in the works for years. All told, the site is set to be the largest transit-oriented development project on the West Coast, with approximately 170,000 square feet of offices, a 278-room hotel, 33,000 square feet of retail space, around 740 homes and 750 parking stalls.

An outdoor literary salon, in downtown Seattle (Seattle Times)
There’s reading in the park, and then there’s a park turned into a reading: “Read With Me,” in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park, has invited artists to turn everyday things into literary displays.

Go Tell It on the Fountains (Seattle Weekly)
In Pioneer Square, at Second Avenue South and South Main Street, the Masao Kinoshita–designed Waterfall Garden Park (it’s locked at night) is a 1977 bequest of the Annie E. Casey Foundation—she the widow of a UPS co-founder. The cloistered 22-foot cascade is an artificial/natural hybrid, a Zen compound behind bars. If Pioneer Square ever gains new office workers and residents —in the promised North Lot development, perhaps—more Seattleites might make use of this overlooked garden.

Busy weekend for Pioneer Square/SODO

June 8, 2012  |  News, PI, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments

Traffic is expected to be particularly heavy this Saturday in the SODO area when the University of Washington holds its graduation ceremonies at CenturyLink Field with gates opening at 12 noon and the ceremonies wrapping up around 4:30 p.m. or later and the Seattle Mariners taking on the LA Dodgers next door at Safeco Field starting at 4:15 p.m.

Parking has been reserved for the use of Mariners baseball fans only at four nearby garages; advise from the Mariners’ headquarters is that Saturday’s game attendees pre-purchase their parking.

The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages motorists headed to any of the weekend events to help reduce traffic congestion by taking one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or walk, if feasible.

Friday, June 8
Seattle Mariners vs LA Dodgers:  7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field – 23,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

Saturday, June 9
2012 University of Washington Commencement:  1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Field – 40,000+ attending
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; ceremony concludes at 4:30 p.m.   Traffic will likely be extremely heavy as the Mariners game will get under way at 4:15 so fans may still be arriving for the game and hunting for parking places.

Seattle Mariners vs the LA Dodgers:   4:15 p.m..
Safeco Field – 29,000
Expect heavier traffic than usual due to UW Commencement Ceremonies ending at 4:30 at the CenturyLink Field. Motorists are encouraged to pre-purchase parking on-line.

Sunday, June 10
Seattle Mariners vs LA Dodgers:  1:10 p.m.
Safeco Field – 31,000 attending
Plan for congestion before and after the game on streets surrounding the stadium.